Baseball: Big rally not enough as ThunderBolts fall to Gateway Grizzlies
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media August 4, 2014 10:50PM
Windy City's Ryan Soares lines up the throw to first for the out as the Thunderbolts play the Gateway Grizzlies in Crestwood, Illinois, August 4, 2014.|Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 6, 2014 6:24AM
Down 10-3 in the seventh inning Monday night, the Windy City ThunderBolts mounted a furious rally to pull to within one run.
A familiar face — and then rain — stalled the comeback, however.
Gateway closer and former T-Bolt Richard Barrett escaped a huge eighth-inning jam with a 10-9 lead intact before rain began to fall heavily before the the ninth inning at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood. The game was called, with the Grizzlies winning 10-9.
Windy City (25-42 entering the game) had scored twice in the seventh and four times in the eighth and had the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second with one out when Gateway manager Phil Warren called upon Barrett, who struck out Ryan Tufts — who had gone 4-for-4 prior — and Davidson Peguero to keep the Grizzlies (40-28 entering) in front.
After Gateway added three insurance runs off Jason Kafka in the seventh, the T-Bolts got two back in the bottom of the inning.
After a Kyle Robinson single and Ryan McIntyre double, Tufts continued his huge day with a two-run double down the right-field line.
In the eighth, Garrett Carey, Spencer Castro, Ryan Soares and Mike Torres produced four straight singles, Soares driving in a run and Torres two. Another run scored on an error.
Windy City took the lead in the first. Soares led off with a single, Robinson walked and Tufts had an RBI single. Gateway, though, quickly responded with a five-run second.
The Grizzlies had six singles plus a walk against Windy City starter Travis Tingle in the inning. Josh Adams, Madison Beaird and TJ Bennett came through with RBI singles and Michael Johnson had a two-run base hit.
Gateway added single runs in the fourth and sixth to chase Tingle, who departed after six innings. He struck out a career-high 10, but allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits.
The T-Bolts scored once each in the fourth and sixth as well, but missed opportunities for big rallies each time.
In the fourth, Windy City had runners at second and third with no outs after Tufts singled and Peguero doubled, but could only score on a Carey RBI groundout as Gateway starter Tucker Jensen struck out Max White and got Castro to bounce out.
McIntyre singled, moved to third on another Tufts single and scored on a wild pitch in the sixth, but the T-Bolts couldn’t get Tufts home after he reached second with no outs.